It was a day with no land in sight from horizon to horizon as we made our way south from Ushuaia towards the Antarctic Peninsula. The Drake Passage, a notorious body of turbulent seas, was surprisingly kind to us today with a small swell and light westerly winds. A squadron of seabirds followed us south, and we enjoyed occasional whale sightings and even a lone fur seal.
National Geographic Endurance
National Geographic Endurance set sail from the western edge of the Falkland Islands late last evening, and we enjoyed a relaxing day at sea. Guests were treated to smooth seas with plenty of albatrosses soaring about the vessel. The morning was full of educational opportunities. The undersea team shared photos collected while exploring the diverse underwater environments that the Falkland Islands provide. Next came a presentation by marine biologist Connor Ryan who spoke about the dynamics of how plankton and seabirds dictate the ecological rhythms of the upper layer of the ocean. Such a trip as we have had is certainly hard to summarize. Over the past three weeks, we visited some of the most spectacular and densely populated wildlife regions on our planet. Today was a day of reflection, photo editing, fine food, and contemplation of all that has occurred.